Attorney General Bill Barr’s Department of Justice this week emailed all immigration judges and all immigration court employees a link to an anti-Semitic blog post that appears on a nationally-known white nationalist website, VDare, Buzzfeed reports.
The article “’directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs,’ according to a letter sent by an immigration judges union and obtained by BuzzFeed News.”
The National Association of Immigration Judges’ union chief, Ashley Tabaddor, responded to thge DOJ email by sending a letter to the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
“The post features links and content that directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs and the label ‘Kritarch.’ The reference to Kritarch in a negative tone is deeply offensive and Anti-Semitic,” wrote Tabaddor. The VDare post includes pictures of judges with the term “kritarch” preceding their names.
Tabaddor said the term kritarchy is a reference to ancient Israel during a time of rule by a system of judges.
“VDare’s use of the term in a pejorative manner casts Jewish history in a negative light as an Anti-Semitic trope of Jews seeking power and control,” she wrote.
Tabaddor is calling for the email to be withdrawn and for an apology to all immigration judges.
“Publication and dissemination of a white supremacist, anti-semitic website throughout the EOIR is antithetical to the goals and ideals of the Department of Justice,” she added.
VDare is linked to the alt-right, white nationalism, and white supremacism, and appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups.
Although Buzzfeed only touches on this in its reporting, just ten days ago PBS’ NewsHour reported the DOJ has bee trying to dismantle the immigration judges’ union:
“The Department of Justice is challenging the right of the country’s 440 immigration judges to be represented by a labor union in a move the judges said was aimed at silencing their criticism.”
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Trump Administration Quietly Moves to Pull Out of Treaty Allowing US and Allies to Monitor Russian Military Moves
“American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”
While the world was focused on President Donald Trump’s overnight blindsiding of the Pentagon and U.S. allies, announcing he is pulling troops out of Syria so Turkey can crush Kurdish forces that have helped the U.S. fight ISIS, the Trump administration was quietly laying plans to pull out of a key and critical compact, the Open Skies Treaty.
First proposed in 1992, since 2002 the Open Skies Treaty has allowed the now 34 signatory nations to fly over each others’ territory for the purpose of monitoring and recording military deployments and movements.
In the real world, the Open Skies Treaty allows the most powerful nations on earth to monitor Russian military movements.
And President Trump wants to end that.
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel on Monday sent Trump’s Acting National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, a letter demanding he “ensure that the United States does not unwisely and rashly withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.”
Chairman Engel also called the possible withdrawal “reckless,” and noted “American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”
Chairman Engel’s letter was followed by this tweet:
Observation flights under the Treaty have generated additional info regarding Russian military action in Ukraine & provided a check on further Russian aggression. @NATO allies have stressed the importance of the Open Skies Treaty for their efforts to monitor Russia’s military.
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) October 7, 2019
Experts are perplexed and outraged.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia:
We are now pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty? Really? Please tell me this can’t be true. https://t.co/2KfZoYA8ep
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 7, 2019
Investigative journalist and expert on Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe says “Trump is acting like a kamikaze pilot destroying America in any way he can and in a hurry”:
Trump is considering pulling out of the open skies treaty. Definitely a birthday weekend for Putin
At this point trump is acting like a kamikaze pilot destroying America in any way he can and in a hurry. At home and especially abroad. We will pay for a long time from his damage pic.twitter.com/92ts8tzDbm
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) October 7, 2019
Dr. Michael Carpenter’s résumé says all you need to know:
“Dr. Carpenter previously served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Balkans, and Conventional Arms Control. He also served in the White House as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden as well as on the National Security Council as Director for Russia. Previously, Dr. Carpenter was a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department.”
He says pulling out is a bad idea:
I’ve been very critical of Russia’s cheating on the Open Skies Treaty and I do believe we need a serious discussion of its pros and cons. But a precipitous unilateral withdrawal is the wrong way to address those concerns and will damage the unity of the NATO alliance.
— Michael Carpenter (@mikercarpenter) October 7, 2019
Russian Media Analyst:
The Trump administration is pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, which allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployments. Withdrawal risks dividing the transatlantic alliance. #Russia https://t.co/Zqst365U4J pic.twitter.com/UmbPR7cuRO
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) October 7, 2019
Image via Wikimedia
Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations
President Donald Trump will meet with the foreign leader who may have been named in a whistleblower complaint filed against the American president by an as-yet unknown U.S. intelligence official. Trump will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in New York, according to multiple sources, including AFP.
Both presidents will be in New York City next week to participate in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“In New York, the head of state will hold a series of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, in particular with President of the United States Donald Trump,” Ukrinform, the Ukrainian state news agency reports.
Based on reports from multiple news outlets, especially The Washington Post, the whistleblower complaint is believed to allege Trump strong-armed Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate and dig up dirt on his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, who is now running for president. Trump withheld $250 million in military aid, which some suggest may have been his bargaining chip.
The complaint also alleges Trump took multiple actions that were troubling, including making a disturbing “promise.” What that promise was is currently unknown.
President Trump’s personal attorney admitted, in a crazed rant on CNN Thursday night, that he asked Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son.
If true, experts say, Trump’s actions could be both criminal and impeachable.
The intelligence community’s inspector general characterized the whistleblower complaint as both “credible” and “urgent.”
The Trump White House has, in direct contraction to law, experts believe, refused to give Congress the whistleblower’s complaint.
‘Very Grave Situation’: Rep. Jackie Speier Hints at ‘Violation of Law’ as She Leaves Whistleblower Hearing
California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier blasted the Trump administration on Thursday after it refused to turn over information about a whistleblower.
In a five-hour closed-door hearing on Thursday, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community reportedly refused to hand over information about a whistleblower, who allegedly felt a duty to report on President Donald Trump’s connections with a foreign leader.
“We’ve got a very grave situation on our hands,” Speier was quoted as saying. “He is answering some questions not on the specific subject matter but it’s deeply troubling.”
Speier suggested that the Trump administration has committed a “violation of the law.”
Rep @JackieSpeier, emerging from closed hearing, says on record what NYT reported earlier: that the IG has been unwilling to discuss the substance of the complaint
Said the situation was “deeply troubling” https://t.co/zTq0NJZELJ
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) September 19, 2019
“He is answering some questions not on the specific subject matter but it’s deeply troubling,” Rep Jackie Speier just said as leaving House Intel IC IG briefing. She followed up that the “violation of the law” is what’s troubling as whistleblower complaint wasnt sent to Congress
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) September 19, 2019
Dem Rep. Quigley says IC IG has not concerned basic details of whistleblower complaint. Says it is – his belief – that DOJ and President Trump were part of covering this up
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) September 19, 2019
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